Historic international flight into South-East

17

Three months after President Goodluck Jonathan performed the foundation laying/commissioning ceremony of the remodelled Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu (AIIA), the airport finally recorded its first international flight last weekend. The landing of Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 NG on August 24, 2013 marked the first time an international flight would be landing and taking off from the entire South-East zone since the civil war ended in 1970. The fanfare that attended that landing, and the array of dignitaries who turned out to witness it, were, therefore, quite understandable.

The journey to the South-East’s first international flight in 43 years was a tortuous one, as several years of failed government promises on the project reinforced the belief of the people of the zone that they were not only being marginalized, but also deliberately punished for fighting the civil war. This new opening of the South-East to international flights has corrected much of this impression.

But, the raison d’etre for the Enugu international airport is rooted more in economics than politics. Jonathan acknowledged this much last May when he formally commissioned the airport.

The president had then noted: “There is a very good reason for the decision to confer international status on this airport. As I am sure you all know, Enugu is the gateway to the South-East Region, the home of entrepreneurship in Nigeria. With such a large number of enterprising people with a huge propensity to travel both within and outside the country pursuing various business interests, people of this region have always had to travel first, either to Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja or Kano, in order to be able to travel out of the country on business trips.

“As business people, speed and time are of the essence…the ability to travel directly to your destination abroad or as directly from your base as possible increases the speed of your transactions.” Of course, the role this new airport will play in giving business in the South-East zone and its environs the much-needed boost cannot be overemphasized. Hotel business, local transportation and other allied businesses are expected to experience revival with the opening of the new airport. Similarly, the landing of international flights in Enugu means that losses and unnecessary expenses that South East-based businesses incur transporting their goods from Lagos, Abuja, Kano and other far-flung places would now be eliminated. The risk of armed robbery attacks will be reduced, while the pressure on roads by goods-laden trucks criss-crossing the country will be minimized. Like the president noted, “the South East region of Nigeria, with this international airport, can confidently say to the world, ‘we are open for business.’”

We, therefore, commend President Jonathan for fulfilling one of his campaign promises. It would be recalled that during the campaign for the 2011 presidential election, Jonathan promised the South-East electorate that the airport would be upgraded to international status if the zone supported his bid for the presidency. He was not the first politician to do so. Others seemed to have forgotten this promise as soon as they were elected into office.  So, after so many years of unfulfilled promises by successive governments, Jonathan has finally made the Akanu Ibiam International Airport come alive, thereby making an entire region’s 43 years yearning finally come to reality.

Beyond the benefits of the new airport, however, there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the remodeling of the Enugu airport. The success of the airport is a classic case of what can be achieved if a people are determined to turn their lot around. It is an example of what can be achieved if relevant arms and agencies of government decide to work together. It is a further proof that our federalism is workable after all, considering how the various states of the South-East zone co-operated with the Federal Government to ensure that this project came to life. It shows just how much we can achieve as a country and a people whenever we manage to sacrifice our selfish interests for the common good.

For one, the governors of the zone, their elected members in the National Assembly, as well as ministers and other federal government appointees from the zone were in agreement on the need for the project, as well as where it was to be sited. In fact, when it was proving difficult to raise enough funds for the project, members of the South-East Caucus of the National Assembly decided to sacrifice the constituency projects for their respective constituencies for one whole year, just to free extra funds for the completion of the project.

But, while basking in the euphoria of the new airport, we must not lose sight of the need to ensure that the facility is not abandoned. Government must work out an arrangement for running and maintaining the airport so that it would not suffer the same fate that has been the lot of many of our airports. We also call for expedited action on the ongoing remodeling of other airports, including the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA). Similarly, government must resist the temptation to dictate to prospective international airlines which airports to patronise. While it is okay to allow Ethiopian Airlines to fly to Enugu, since it says that is the closest to the destination of no fewer than 80% of its Nigerian passengers, it would also be proper to allow the like of Emirates or Turkish Airlines to decide whether it is Kano, Lagos, Abuja or Port Harcourt that serves its passengers better. It would amount to economic suicide to, for political reasons, force airlines to airports that are not economically viable.

The completion of the remodeling of the Enugu airport is one major achievement for which President Jonathan deserves everyone’s commendation. It is a thing of joy, not only for the South- East, but the entire country.  Now, we can say that government’s determination to boost trade and industry and unlock the economic potentials of the South-Eastern part of the country has genuinely begun.

 

24 yrs boy started importation with N10,450. Read his story here!

Men, forget Viagra. Use these to increase your manhood size & strength

How watermelon made a Benin boy over N1,000,000 in 73days

How to start a profitable importation biz with as low as N10,000 only

Superb premature ejaculation spray. You 'll last 30minutes+

How to earn 40k-200k monthly from football matches almost on autopilot

3 Things I did to cure premature ejaculation after my wife left me

Small manhood and premature ejaculation limited my performance for 4yrs!

7 Simple yet amazing steps to earn over N200,000/monthly. Click here

How to get flat belly in just 9 days. Click here!

Free Download! How to earn N200,000 monthly from importation business

Click here now if you are interested in earning at least N7,500/daily

Guaranteed money making online business plus bonuses

How a young Nigerian generate over N1,000,000/month via digital marketing

How to get Visa to any country easily.

Incredible special offer! Amazing business that earns you N200,000/month

Work from home and earn at least $2500/weekly online!

Discover the hidden secrets of doing broiler business in Nigeria


Share.

About Author

17 Comments

  1. Thank you Mr. President this is just the beginning of good things to come from you to those that have been neglected since 1970 . May God Bless you.

  2. Ejike, New York. on

    THIS IS NO BIG DEAL. NO BODY ROLES OUT THE DRUMS TO SHAKE HIS OR WAIST AND BOTTOM FOR OBAMA JUST BECAUSE AN AIRPORT WAS REMODELLED OR EVEN NEWLY BUILT TO BEGIN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS. IN THE U S, THIS WILL JUST PASS AS ONE OF THOSE DAILY AFFAIRS. BUT THAT IS NIGERIA WHERE DEVELOPMENT IS ALIEN OF ANY KIND IS ALIEN.

    • I do not get to understand your view point. Your point is corrupted by your style of grammar. However, the American way of thinking and acting is never comparable to what is obtaining in Nigeria.

      Yes, the remodelling of an airport in the US may not be a big deal depending on your viewing position. This is because some of you in the US do not know and part take in some key activities that take place on daily basis there.

      But in Nigeria, such event is seen as historical after 43 years of sufferings and compulsory reclusion by successive administrations in the country. Imagine how it feels getting to be free after years of bondage and enslavement. I feel greatly enamoured to commend the efforts of those who made it happen. equally, i am very happy to see South Eastern region being thrown open to the rest of the world.

      I see and regard the Enugu International Airport as a whale of achievement by this present administration and a thing of great joy for the people of the rising sun.It is very spectacular in Nigeria context . Though, it could be viewed differently in the US, that is how things are seen and viewed differently by people in different cultures. So, our feel and view about things stand because they make us who we are and confer in us the expected joy and fulfilments.

      • Ejike, New York. on

        EMMANUEL, YOUR VIEW POINT IS NOT CORRECT BECAUSE THE VIBRANT U S MEDIA BRINGS ALL THOSE ISSUES TO THE PEOPLES’ KNOWLEDGE. SO, YOUR ARGUMENT THAT WE IN U S DO ATTEND SUCH CEREMONIES DO NOT ARISE.

      • Ejike, New York. on

        YOU ARE IGNORANT OF THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE U S. THE VIBRANT U S MEDIA BRINGS ALL SUCH ISSUES TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PUBLIC. SO YOUR ARGUMENT THAT WE THAT LIVE IN THE U S DO NOT GET TO KNOW ABOUT SUCH DEVELOPMENTS DO NOT ARISE. THERE ARE NO ARRANGMENTS WHERE FAT BOTTOMS ARE MADE TO DANCE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ENTOURAGE.

  3. This is a big deal for the Igbos who have been systematically neglected by every successive government. The Igbos are the most travelled people in the world and deserve to fly from their home base. Congratulations to President GEJ for having the balls to challenge the status-quo. Please hurry and give the South South and South East the second Niger Bridge and International seaports. God bless you.

  4. This Tablet PC is perfectly made for you, Android 4.0 ICS,Dual GSM Sim Card slot, 3G World Phone make calls ,receive ,Make video calls,8GB Internal Memory (Ext. Memory Up to 32 GB),7.0 inch Hi-fi TFT display screen with High Resolution Super Colour Screen (1024×600),Front and Rear Camera, Battery Extended 3100 Mah, HDMI Port (Connect to TV ),Bluetooth. FM Radio ,Wi-Fi. Gps,Can transmit navigation voice to FM receiving device through FM, and then play by car speaker; you can enjoy perfect acoustic fun. FM can bring many channels for your option, Switch from crosswise and erect screen freely and support all kinds of gravity-reacted games, which can experience real game enjoyments, Support 3GP、MP4 format, with maximum resolution of 720*576,support installation of  Android third party games, Support JPG、BMP、PNG、GIF format pictures view, Support office (word excel read and edit),support PDF viewer, etc. It’s Router capability allows Internet connectivity to be shared wirelessly to users Works with every GSM NETWORK WORLDWIDE, Call.Zero.eight,zero,three-four-zero-three-three-six-seven-four.

  5. Are you an unemployed person’s in Nigeria? Or have u ever dreamt of makin money through the internet? Then grab this opportunity & to overcome all ur Financial problem, i have made upto N90,000 directly into my Nigerian Ecobank account doing this great business, right from the comfort of my home with my Nokia 5130 xpress music, & with only a capital N1500 (one time payment) that i paid for my Activation 200%guarantee, this is the best & number one internet business empowerment in Nigeria, you will also have the opportunity to buy & sell E-RECHARGE CARD PINS of all nigerian Network on the Platform & make ur benefits, to know how this rare business works & how to get started click the link below for details, & please don’t be too excited to take action without ready this Free Report to the end
    http://xrl.us/bpjz85

  6. ifeanyi victor on

    Nobody is forcing or stopping any airline from choosing or landing in any airport or state.
    These are purely private international businesses and airlines whose decisions are determined by opportunities available.
    Makia has been a international airport for years,if they create security problem for themselves or don’t have passengers they should blame themselves and leave Odua out of th matter.
    This is not by quota system,airlines follow market,and it is foolhardy trying to dissuade them.

  7. Is a good thing for my people.No place like home.Is always good to land in your land first.Some people will no longer land in lagos beign duped while looking for hotels to pass the night in especially those that have nobody in lagos or those that do not know lagos very well.No igbo man will land in Enugu and not be able to care for himself to his destination in any part of igbo land.Etoo dike na nke omere,ike adiya ime ozo.I thank the president for this and hope he does more. I know we have had a lot of head of states and presidents since after the war and none of them cares to do it for us.So we must thank someone who does good to us no matter what we may have against him or her.

  8. Jonathan is a special SPERM reserve before creation to manifest in this dispensation inorder to make things easier to Igbo race,Nigeria and the entire World but Sir pls Hurry up as Boney london has just said to give us Seaport and Second Niger Bridge inorder to make our federating units more competitive..Maka na nri onye agwu na akpa bu kwa nnoo oku nnoo oku ka eji eri ya.

  9. This akanua airport , it’s foundation was not laid by gej, even it’s renovation had already been started by gej predecessors. It will countinue to surprise me how de entire jews region react to de opening of this airport. By de way, this akanua airport can never compete with MM1 n can never be as viable as MM1. No way it can handle de flight meant for MM1 but MM1 can handle de flight meant for akanua airport. Gej did not perform wonder by upgrading this port, in fact it is part of de job he should be doing. What would have happened if gej had started de airport from de foundation to it’s competion.

  10. Kola Amodu I pity your stupidity.Your post is irrelevant and off point.People are celebrating,while you are busy comparing.
    I’m sorry but you must be a coward for posting this.

  11. Jp, u called me a coward, for what?. U telling me that cos one single airport was upgraded then we sure not have peace again. Ur mistake, de entire jews region should have declared one week holiday. Say that would have been enough time for u jews to celebrate, asshole. Who do u think u’re talking to. U better go n sit down n have ur ogogro.

  12. If you’ve been regular @ the airport before and compare them with what we have now.May be you will appreciate this govt.
    But it seems you don’t even travel by air.Because had it been you do,you’ll not post rubbish here.
    Anyway talk is cheap.I’ve known exactly your class of being from your posts.Grow up boy.

Leave A Reply